MFLN Family Development 2020 Year in Review

2020 has been a challenging but inspiring year here at MFLN Family Development. Despite the COVID-19 global pandemic, we were able to provide lots of new webinars, several housed within ongoing programming series, with three Anchored podcast episodes, and much more programming for our Department of Defense and clinical professional audiences. What follows is a… Continue Reading MFLN Family Development 2020 Year in Review

Helping Military Families Prepare and Respond to Disasters and Hazards, Part 2

by Karen Shirer, PhD. Military Family Service Providers (MFSPs) along with Cooperative Extension and other community organizations play important roles in helping military families plan for and respond to hazards and disasters, especially if they are experiencing military and/or family transitions. This post is part two of Helping Families Prepare and Respond to Disaster and… Continue Reading Helping Military Families Prepare and Respond to Disasters and Hazards, Part 2

Centers for Independent Living – Advocacy & Self-Determination

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based centers that are run by and for people with disabilities and offer a broad range of services to empower and enable people to stay in the community (ACL, 2020). Watch and listen as video blog (vlog) host, Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Extension Program Specialist for Special Populations at Texas A&M… Continue Reading Centers for Independent Living – Advocacy & Self-Determination

What Service Members Need to Know About Life Insurance

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu One of the costliest financial risks that families face is the death of a breadwinner. This is especially true if a spouse and children depend upon that person for all of their support. Not surprisingly, given the risks inherent in military Service, life insurance is a frequent topic… Continue Reading What Service Members Need to Know About Life Insurance

Ensuring a Successful Transition from Military to Civilian Life for Women Veterans

by Jennifer K. Rea, PhD. “We join on the premise to be part of a brotherhood and then struggle to fit in. When we leave, we no longer struggle to fit in anymore. ‘I’m going to say goodbye to that chapter of my life.’ It’s unfortunate, but I think that’s true.” –Kate Germano, American Author… Continue Reading Ensuring a Successful Transition from Military to Civilian Life for Women Veterans

Unpacking Stay-Play-Talk

by Molly Milam, Ph.D. & Jessica Hardy, Ph.D. In our final webinar of the Family Development Early Intervention 2020 series, “Making New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging,” we discussed the peer-mediated intervention Stay-Play-Talk (SPT). This strategy can be so beneficial for children who are socially isolated! Stay-Play-Talk can really be adjusted in so many ways… Continue Reading Unpacking Stay-Play-Talk

A One-Hour Financial Check-Up

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu Personal Financial Managers (PFMs) are often in a position to provide their clients with a financial “check-up.” Like a medical exam, a review of clients’ finances can identify strategies to improve their “financial fitness” and screen for potential problems, such as a high debt-to-income ratio. Below are 11… Continue Reading A One-Hour Financial Check-Up

Centering Ourselves this Holiday: Self-care and Wellness for Support Professionals

Our interactions with each other have transformed in major ways this year. With COVID-19 cases still rising as we head into the holiday season, connecting with loved ones will continue to look different this winter. After a year of navigating how to best support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, establishing ways to stay grounded has… Continue Reading Centering Ourselves this Holiday: Self-care and Wellness for Support Professionals